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Forging Arda- page 4 by RivkaZ Forging Arda- page 4 by RivkaZ
Again, apologies for taking some minor liberties with the chronology of the Ainulindalė/Valaquenta. I am trying to take care not to smudge too much canon, and only when it's for the sake of story-flow.

Anyway, here's Melkor, doing his finest Stevie Nicks impersonation. I want his design to show his fall from splendor a little more subtly and over time, instead of WHAM BAM DARK LORD like it is in the book. XD Bear with me. Mairon is going to undergo some changes as he develops as well (don't we all).

Remind me never to have a purple-ish, blue-ish character lit by ambient orange light ever, ever again.

I had a dream about the origins of Sauron/Mairon the Maiar, and his time spent in the service of Aulė the Smith. Now I am trying to put some of that dream-material into a comic.

I want to explore some of the empty margins in the history of these characters, simply because there is a lot about Middle Earth theology that frustrates me a great deal, and I feel like the motivations of a lot of the 'dark' characters are not explored in the books at all (or at least, not to my satisfaction). So this is my sort of self-indulgent, mini "Paradise Lost" for the Silmarillion. XD

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somercet Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
"THAT... is a being of pure sex and dangerous fun you would be wise to avoid."
Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Melkor being gorgeous, yet so evil is very Lucifer like.
RobleskaZeppelin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I Love this SO MUCH! I always imagined Melkor as the dark, black one and Mairon as the golden or shining gold, but this part of your comics is so exciting, so "disturbing" its own way, so interesting. 
Aule reminds me of the forest god (Mononoke) a bit :) Mairon is great, "innocent", I love his expression in the second part. And Melkor in the third...One of my favorite Melkor versions I've ever seen. Like angel, like god, like the only one who's worth to be interested in. Like love and joy and fire and "evil"... I'm sorry for my poor english and for so long comment. 
I LOVE IT!  :heart: :sun: :wow:
I can't decide if I'm disturbed by Melkor or not. He's kind of creeping me out.
jubah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
aaww! Mairon's face when he asks about Melkor is like an excited child hahaha, how cute!
Zlukaka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Gosh, Mairon, bebe, you so adorable :3 You really pulled off the young naive look perfectly! I especially adore the third panel, he's like "look daddy, what is this?". Dawww.

Melkor looks like he is having a really good time, which he probably is, the vile destructive bastard. XDDD

Oh my gosh, those backgrounds that you do they are so fab, so fab! So many dozens of hours must have gone into each of these pages! They are a masterpiece! 8D

I downer do you do thumbnails of pages before you draw them?
Sixwing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But the shading on the purplish-bluish character lit by orange firelight is beautiful. o3o

I am impressed with the magma in this one.
NastyaSuliven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
This is simply gorgeous! And very original, too.

Good luck with the project! =)
RivkaZ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Thank you so much! You are too kind! :heart:
I'm scratching away at the next page as we speak. :)
NastyaSuliven Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Yay, that's nica to hear!
I totally adore your version of Aule. =)
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